Having a conehead after birth is a common state of every baby. However, if you are a first-time mother, seeing your baby’s conehead may make you worried about their development. In fact, this condition is not a mother’s fault and it does not pose a risk for your baby’s cognitive or functional development. To help you understand more about this state, here is everything you need to know about your baby’s conehead.
Why Your Baby has a Conehead
Your baby’s head has soft spots called fontanels and flexible skull plates that can change to adapt to their surrounding space. During labor, these bones shift to help your baby fit through the cervical opening and narrow birth canal. Due to the pressure of the shifting progress, your baby will have a conehead when they come to the world. Babies born by cesarean section usually do not have this condition. However, if your baby has moved to the pelvis for a long time, conehead may still happen even after a C section.
How to Treat your Baby’s Conehead?
Baby’s conehead does not require medical treatment. This condition normally resolves on its own and does not affect your baby’s development. The head will change back to its normal shape in up to 5 weeks after birth. If you are still concerned about this, make sure you contact your pediatrician for reassurance.
Tips To Help Your Baby’s Head
In their early years, your baby’s skull is still very soft and is continuing to grow. Although a baby’s conehead does not cause any serious impact on their health and resolve in a few days, you can help your baby’s head back to normal. Other factors that may affect your baby head shape during this period including pressure on their skull as they are lying. So here are some tips to help you:
- Regularly change your baby’s position. Do not put your baby in a position for a long time as it may make their head take too much pressure in one area.
- When the baby is awake, you can hang colorful toys on their cribs, which can move and make sounds to attract their attention. As they observe the toys, their eyes development will be boosted. At the same time, they will try to move continuously, which helps your baby change position on their own and prevent pressure on their head.
- You can also hold or carry your baby often to reduce the pressure behind the baby’s head. You should change your baby’s position constantly when breastfeeding. Switching from side to side so your baby’s head will not tilt to one side.
- When putting your baby to sleep, you should use lined thin towels at first instead of pillows. A thick pillow will put pressure on your baby’s neck and head area, which makes the conehead state last longer.
- In the first months after birth, you can try to massage your baby’s head daily. As their skull is still soft, massaging your baby’s head will help it easier to back to a normal shape.
- Put your baby on their stomach a few times a day. Tummy time helps your baby develop neck and back muscles. They will also learn to control their heads more to keep their head pressure evenly distributed.
We hope that our guide will help you understand more about your baby’s conehead. Baby with a conehead is usually not a problem. It is just a miraculous adaptation of the baby’s body to the narrow birth canal of the mother. We’d love to hear from you about how you got on as well as to share with other mothers here. Let us know your personal experience in the comments!